Chicago Bears‘ general manager Phil Emery should be applauded for the way he is conducting the search to find Lovie Smith’s replacement as head coach of the Bears. The reason Emery should be applauded is because the general manager is leaving no stone unturned. Proof of that notion came by the news that Ian Rapoport reported on the NFL Network. Rapoport reported that the Bears will interview Marc Trestman for their head coaching vacancy.
Now if you said “who?” after reading that statement, you are not the only one. In a coaching search that already includes Mike McCoy, Tom Clements, Mike Sullivan, Pete Carmichael, Joe DeCamillis, Bruce Arians, and Keith Armstrong; Trestman is an unknown commodity. Trestman is currently the head coach of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadidan Football League. But don’t snicker at the possibility of Trestman being a legitimate candidate to be the Bears’ next head coach. Trestman has a reputation of a quarterback consultant in the National Football League. Trestman’s successes include Steve Young, Rich Gannon, Jason Campbell, Russell Wilson, and not to mention current Bears’ starting quarterback Jay Cutler.
Trestman certainly is an interesting name for the Bears’ head coaching search. From an offensive perspective, Trestman certainly would fit with the idea of Emery hiring an offensive minded head coach. Trestman also would meet the criteria of being a high-energy coach. Former Bears’ running back Garrett Wolfe told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune that Trestman is very “detail oriented” and does not shy away from challenging his players. Trestman appears to be the anti-Lovie Smith. That is generally the goal when a team is looking to replace their previous head coach.
Trestman has been a candidate for previous openings in the National Football League, if not as a head coach, Trestman could find a home as an offensive coordinator with a NFL team.